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Food science is a degree program focused on food issues from the time crops leave the field until consumers buy the food products. Food scientists apply basic science (chemistry, biology, physics) to improve processing, preservation, and safety of food and to develop new food products.  There are two options in food science, and both options are approved by the Institute of Food Technologists:  food science and technology option, and food science and industry option.

The department also offers a food science minor.

Administered by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Students select one of the following options and complete all requirements for that option: food science and technology option or food science and industry option. Courses listed below are required for all of the options, except where specified by option below.

Total Degree Requirement: 120 cr.

Students must fulfill International Perspectives and U.S. Diversity requirements by selecting coursework from approved lists. These courses may also be used to fulfill other area requirements. Only 65 cr. from a two-year institution may apply to the degree which may include up to 16 technical cr.; 9 P-NP cr. of  electives; 2.00 minimum GPA.

International Perspectives: 3 cr.
U.S. Diversity: 3 cr.
Communications and Library: 10 cr.
ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition3
LIB 160Information Literacy1
SP CM 212Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Total Credits10
Humanities and Social Sciences: 6-12 cr.
Select Humanities course from approved list3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
If H Sci student, select:6
Additional Humanities course
Additional Humanities or Social Science course
Ethics and Environmental: 3-6 cr.
FS HN 342World Food Issues: Past and Present3
If AgLS student, select from:2-3
Introduction to Renewable Resources
Introduction to Environmental Issues
Mathematical Sciences: 7-12 cr.
Food science and technology option:
Select from: 8
Calculus I
and Calculus II
or
Calculus and Mathematical Modeling for the Life Sciences I
and Calculus and Mathematical Modeling for the Life Sciences II
Select at least 3 credits from: 3-4
Principles of Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for Engineers
Total Credits11-12
Food science and industry option:
Select at least 4 credits from:4
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus and Mathematical Modeling for the Life Sciences I
Select at least 3 credits from:3-4
Principles of Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for Engineers
Total Credits7-8
Physical Sciences: 13-25 cr.
Food science and technology option:
CHEM 177General Chemistry I4
CHEM 177LLaboratory in General Chemistry I1
CHEM 178General Chemistry II3
CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 331LLaboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II3
PHYS 111General Physics5
PHYS 112General Physics5
Total Credits25
Food science and industry option:
Select from: 5-8
College Chemistry
and Laboratory in College Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and Laboratory in General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
CHEM 231Elementary Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 231LLaboratory in Elementary Organic Chemistry1
PHYS 115Physics for the Life Sciences4-5
or PHYS 111 General Physics
Total Credits13-17
Biological Sciences: 12-13 cr.
Food science and technology option:
BBMB 301Survey of Biochemistry3
BIOL 211Principles of Biology I3
BIOL 212Principles of Biology II3
MICRO 302Biology of Microorganisms3
MICRO 302LMicrobiology Laboratory1
Total Credits13
Food science and industry option:
BBMB 301Survey of Biochemistry3
BIOL 211Principles of Biology I3
BIOL 212Principles of Biology II3
MICRO 201Introduction to Microbiology2-3
or MICRO 302 Biology of Microorganisms
MICRO 201LIntroductory Microbiology Laboratory1
or MICRO 302L Microbiology Laboratory
Total Credits12-13
Food Science and Human Nutrition: 44 cr.
FS HN 101Food and the Consumer3
FS HN 110Professional and Educational Preparation1
FS HN 167Introduction to Human Nutrition3
FS HN 203Contemporary Issues in Food Science and Human Nutrition1
FS HN 311Food Chemistry3
FS HN 311LFood Chemistry Laboratory1
FS HN 351Introduction to Food Engineering Concepts3
FS HN 403Food Laws and Regulations2
FS HN 405Food Quality Assurance3
FS HN 406Sensory Evaluation of Food3
FS HN 410Food Analysis3
FS HN 411Food Ingredient Interactions and Formulations2
FS HN 412Food Product Development3
FS HN 420Food Microbiology3
FS HN 421Food Microbiology Laboratory3
FS HN 471Food Processing I3
FS HN 472Food Processing II3
FS HN 480Professional Communication in Food Science and Human Nutrition1
Total Credits44
 Food science and industry option:
Select 6 credits from the following business courses:6
Legal Environment of Business
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Microeconomics
Labor Economics
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Management of Organizations
Organizational Behavior
International Management
Management of Diversity
Management Information Systems
Principles of Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Global Marketing
Total Credits6
Electives: 0-23 cr. Select from any university coursework to earn at least 120 total credits.

Go to FS HN courses.

Food Science, B.S. - Food science & industry option

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FS HN 1013FS HN 1673
FS HN 1101CHEM 178 (if CHEM 177 was taken) or elective*3
CHEM 163 or 1774BIOL 2123
CHEM 163L or 177L1MATH 160, 165, or 1814
BIOL 2113ECON 1013
ENGL 1503 
LIB 1601 
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 2313BBMB 3013
CHEM 231L1FS HN 2031
PHYS 115 (4cr) or 111 (5cr)4-5MICRO 201 or 3022-3
ENGL 2503MICRO 201L or 302L1
STAT 101 or 104 or 1053-4Humanities/Social Sci. (H Sci) or ENV S (AgLS)2-3
 Humanities (H Sci) or elective (AgLS)*3
 14-16 12-14
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FS HN 3113FS HN 3423
FS HN 311L1FS HN 3513
FS HN 4203FS HN 4032
SP CM 2123FS HN 4053
Humanities course3FS HN 4213
Elective*1Elective*2
 14 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FS HN 4063FS HN 4123
FS HN 4103FS HN 4723
FS HN 4112FS HN 4801
FS HN 4713Business course3
Business Course3U.S. Diversity (if not already taken) or Elective*3
Elective*2Elective*3
 16 16
*

Choose elective courses to total equal to or greater than 120 credits.

Note:

This sequence is only an example. The number of credits taken each semester should be based on the individual student's situation. Factors that may affect credit hours per semester include student ability, employment, health, activities, and grade point considerations.

Food Science, B.S. - Food science and technology option

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FS HN 1101FS HN 1013
CHEM 1774FS HN 1673
CHEM 177L1CHEM 1783
BIOL 2113BIOL 2123
ENGL 1503MATH 166 or 1824
LIB 1601 
MATH 165 or 1814 
 17 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 3313CHEM 3323
CHEM 331L1FS HN 2031
PHYS 1115PHYS 1125
ENGL 2503MICRO 3023
STAT 101, 104, or 1053-4MICRO 302L1
 Elective*2
 15-16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBMB 3013FS HN 3513
FS HN 3113FS HN 4032
FS HN 311L1FS HN 4053
FS HN 4203FS HN 4213
SP CM 2123ECON 1013
Humanities course3 
 16 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FS HN 4063FS HN 3423
FS HN 4103FS HN 4123
FS HN 4112FS HN 4723
FS HN 4713FS HN 4801
Humanities/Social Sci. (H Sci) or ENV S (AgLS)2-3US Diversity (if not already taken) or elective*3
Humanities (H Sci) or elective (AgLS)*1-3 
 14-17 13
*

Choose elective courses to total equal to or greater than 120 credits.

Note:

This sequence is only an example. The number of credits taken each semester should be based on the individual student's situation. Factors that may affect credit hours per semester include student ability, employment, health, activities, and grade point consideration.